Process

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By: Connor Lenahan

I’ve been writing daily for a while now. In fact, this post will mark 180 straight days of posting. It’s been a great deal of fun for me to do, and I know of multiple people that tell me that reading the posts every morning is as crucial to their routine as coffee. I’m not sure there are many higher compliments than this.

What’s funny is that on a few occasions I have been asked how I come up with articles to write every single day. While I will overlap on topics frequently, there’s almost always something new to talk about.

It’s fairly easy for me given that I read sites like Gawker, Deadspin, Complex, Buzzfeed, and Grantland multiple times a day. Something normally catches my eye as a good idea to write about. That’s before considering any stories I might have to share – like falling out of my wheelchair or locking myself in my room.

But there’s one thing I’m not sure many people know about my writing style. I’m entirely a stream of consciousness writer. My approach is odd given that I have quite often visualized it when typing.

I picture each post like me walking up to a microphone having to say something. On very few occasions do I have something ready to say. Almost every single day I start writing and things will come to me. I come up with things while I go along. It’s fluid.

This makes my job easy. I am just me. It allows me to have fun covering something and giving what is my genuine opinion. I just go for it. I can think in paragraphs, which makes the actual process easier. Everything about it just flows for me.

That’s why I keep posing daily. I don’t struggle with it. Regularly, being able to speak openly and honestly with no preparation is liberating and therapeutic. If I need to get something off my chest, I do it.

Try doing this. It’s more fun than trying to construct something to a design. It allows you to make something you’re proud of. It allows you to make something that is you. That’s why I do it.

As I’ve said before, when you read this blog you are getting who I am as a person. Flaws and all. And that’s just how I want it.

Connor Lenahan (@ConnorLenahan) is a sophomore at Boston University, majoring in journalism.